The Greensburg city council approved a law and code enforcement-focused addition to its pay plan and offered opinions on the choices for the official patch of the newly formed Greensburg Police Department at their regular meeting on Feb. 18.

The Greensburg city council approved a law and code enforcement-focused addition to its pay plan and offered opinions on the choices for the official patch of the newly formed Greensburg Police Department at their regular meeting on Feb. 18.

City administrator Ed Truelove introduced a pair of additions and an amendment to the city’s position classification and pay plan, a handbook that describes the pay scale and duties of city employees.

At Truelove’s behest the council unanimously approved a decrease in the “00” city pay grade and approved five additions relating to law enforcement and code enforcement employees.

The “00” pay grade, currently applicable to only the city’s museum and tourism associates (i.e. Big Well employees), was decreased from a minimum of $10.30/hr to  $8.30/hr or $21,424 to $17,264 annually.

The maximum wages will remain $14.30/hr or $29,744 annually for that pay grade.

According to the pay plan, crafted by former interim city administrator Jay P. Newton, city employees “shall be paid at the minimum entry pay range to which the position is assigned by job classification unless the city administrator and the department head of the employee department determine that a rate of pay above the minimum is necessary in order to recruit qualified or experienced personnel…”

Truelove said the decrease was to “bring [the pay range] in line with local wages.”

The current minimum wage requirement in Kansas is $7.25.

The council also approved the addition of police officer, chief of police, code enforcement officer, building official and animal control officer job descritions to the pay plan.

A chief of police will receive a “09” salary grade with an annual pay range of $33,696 to $49,400 or $16.20 to $23.75/hr.

The city clerk, city treasurer and convention and tourism director currently fall within the same pay grade.

According to the job description, duties of the chief of police include “the direction of all police activities” which include administrative, community-based and law enforcement specific duties.

The building official, code enforcement officer and animal control officer fall within the “00” pay grade and are categorized as part-time and non-regular part-time.

The reduction of the “00” pay grade may have been made in anticipation of filling those positions.

The building official would be “responsible for the enforcement of building codes adopted by city ordinance; as well as federal, state and city codes which regulate buildings and construction.”

A code enforcement officer would enforce “city health and welfare codes as well as dangerous and unfit structure codes” according to the job description.

Both jobs would report to and would be under the supervision of the city administrator.

An animal control officer would be responsible for “the control and impounding of animals in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances and departmental rules and regulations” and for the upkeep and maintenance of a city pound and would report to the chief of police.

City police officer’s salaries are categorized as a “05” pay grade with an annual salary range of $27,560 to $40,144 or $13.25 to $19.30/hr.

“The additional of the police officer [to the pay plan] does not carry with it approval to run out and hire a police officer,” commented Truelove. “We are interested in adding the description of that position at this time because currently all of the duties can be applied to our chief. Currently Chief [Paul] Alvarez is operating under two job descriptions, which include administrative duties as well as the police officer descriptions.”

The council also approved a new organizational chart and pay plan table of contents affected by the additions.

Councilwoman Erica Goodman asked Truelove about cost-of-living increases.

The city’s pay plan does not include provisions for cost-of-living increases, though it does address merit pay increases.

Truelove said the city could address cost-of-living increases every couple of years if it chose to. “I am of the opinion that even with merit increases maxed out, those aren’t enough to keep pace with cost of living increases year-to-year.”

The council also offered its approval of a City of Greensburg Police Department patch design, chosen by Alvarez and Truelove.

The city received only one submission, a traditional shield design from Troy Dilport a Wichita-based photographer and graphic designer.

Dilport is a 1987 Greensburg High School Graduate and designed the logo for the Kiowa County Historical Museum and Soda Fountain. 

His design included a stagecoach, the current Big Well logo with a green color scheme.

Alvarez and Truelove took elements from Dilport’s original design, but opted for an art deco style shield, a larger Big Well logo, a single leaf and a pair of wheat stalks. They also kept the stagecoach, while reducing the size of the “Greensburg Police” lettering.

Alvarez said he contacted Dilport asking for some changes to the design, but decided not to use his second design, which included a pair of guns with leaves sprouting from the barrels. “We kept what we liked,” said Alvarez.

The city had run a patch design contest at the start of the year offering the winner a gift certificate to the Big Well museum and other prizes.